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JULIE A. SINA, PH.D.  

Associate Vice Chancellor, Alumni Affairs
Chief Financial Officer, UCLA Foundation

Email | Phone: 310-206-8962

Julie Sina formally and officially became UCLA’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Affairs in December 2013 after serving in an interim capacity since February of that year, during which, she demonstrated remarkable leadership skills that allowed for a creative and concerted transformation of the entire Alumni program. In partnership with the UCLA Alumni Association Board, Julie has overseen the adoption of a new alumni engagement model that has refocused alumni activity around regional and international work, young alumni involvement, attention to affinity and diversity networks, the continuum from student recruitment to career development and closer ties to alumni efforts in the professional schools and College. Members of the search committee were uniformly impressed with Julie’s dynamic vision for alumni connectivity – both within the campus and with one another. It should come as no surprise that Julie’s long and deep career in Student Affairs and Board leadership prior to her arrival at UCLA evolves naturally into the realm of alumni engagement and Association partnership. Indeed, Julie’s blue and gold spirit and true Bruin values, coupled with her special talent for aligning many moving parts within a common vision made her the standout candidate. Julie served as Chief of Staff supporting the deans and the College prior to joining External Affairs.

In addition to Alumni Affairs, Julie leads the Advancement Services division and serves as C.F.O. for the UCLA Foundation and UCLA Investment Company.

Julie earned her Ph.D. at Virginia Tech and in addition to Virginia Tech has served the University of Florida, University of the Pacific, Iowa State and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Kayla Albano  

Assistant Director, Parent and Family Programs

Email | Phone: 310-825-6978

Kayla is a Southern California native, holding a B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton, and an M.A. in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University. Before joining the Parent and Family Programs team at UCLA Kayla worked as an assistant community director at Michigan State University, and more recently as a resident director at Loyola Marymount University, through which she has worked peripherally with the parent and family population.

 As a student affairs educator, Kayla strives to empower students with the knowledge and tools necessary to realize their full potential, and believes partnerships with students’ families are imperative to this growth. As such, Kayla has also actively pursued opportunities to work with families directly working as a parent program intern at Johnson and Wales University and researching opportunities to develop parent and family programs at Michigan State University.

Christel Aragon  

Director, Alumni Travel

Christel AragonEmail | Phone: 310-825-3983

Christel Aragon joined UCLA Alumni Travel in 1994 and assumed the position of Director of Travel in 1999. UCLA Alumni Travel offers 50 educational tours serving approximately 1,000 travelers annually. Christel strongly believes in lifelong learning through travel, and is persistently searching for ways to make the offerings more educational, unique and a good fit for UCLA’s alumni, family and friends. UCLA faculty are featured on more than 50 percent of the tour offerings. She is a member of the Educational Travel Community Executive Advisory Council, and is considered a leader in the non-profits for travel industry.

Christel was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and she has more than 25 years of experience in the travel industry.

Apolonio Arias-Pena  

Manager, Alumni Center Reservations and Events

Email | Phone: 310-206-0357

Ashley Love-Smith  

Director, UCLA Volunteer Center

Email | Phone: 310-206-6361

Ashley serves as director of the UCLA Volunteer Center. She, along with the Center’s staff, coordinates service activities on campus and throughout Los Angeles to inspire members of the extended UCLA family to give of their time and talent. The Center strives to make a positive impact upon the UCLA community and inspire all Bruins to create social change through lifelong participation in volunteer programs and civic engagement.

Prior to her role as director, she served as the program coordinator for Alumni Affairs Diversity Programs where she oversaw the planning and execution of the recent TEDxUCLA Women’s Conference as well as providing support for several identity based alumni groups. Ashley holds a master of arts degree in organizational management from Antioch University and a bachelor of science degree in marketing and management from Tulane University. She has also completed a volunteer management certificate program through the Long Beach Non-Profit Partnership and regularly demonstrates her passion for volunteerism by volunteering with various community and educational non-profit organizations, like Girls on the Run and Reading to Kids.

BRANDIE BARRERA ’97  

Senior Director, Alumni Membership and Social Media

Email | Phone: 310-825-8657

ALYSON BECKMAN  

Associate Director, Bruin Traditions

Email | Phone: 310-206-0663

As Associate Director for Bruin Traditions, Alyson Beckman plans and executes large-scale campus traditions while overseeing the Student Alumni Association (SAA). Alyson previously served as Coordinator for Young Alumni and Student Engagement / UCLA Spirit Squad.

Alyson also works with the Inland Empire Bruins Network helping create ways to engage the alumni audience from Riverside to Rancho Cucamonga.

Alyson earned a B.A. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) where she was a student in the college of letters and science honors program. She studied abroad in London, became a member of Alpha Phi Sorority and was an active member of the Wisconsin Alumni Student Board, which is UW’s equivalent student group to SAA.

Joseph Blancas ’14  

Program Coordinator, Bruin Traditions

Email | Phone: (310) 206-8968

Joseph Blancas provides administrative and general programmatic support for all Student Alumni Association, Spirit Squad and Career Connections programs within the Bruin Connections team. Joseph previously worked for UCLA Extension’s department of humanities and sciences as the supervisor of the administrative unit.

Joseph earned a bachelor of arts degree in gender studies from UCLA. During his time at UCLA, he served three years on UCLA’s Spirit Squad; a year as a Yell Crew member and two years as a Cheer Squad member. Joseph also served on the Spirit Squad’s student leadership team, as the Mascot Coordinator, Junior Spirit Squad coach, Special Events Program Assistant and Cheer Squad Captain.

ALEXANDRA BROWN  

Senior Director, Parent and Family Programs at UCLA

Email | Phone: 310-983-1293

GEORGE BROWN, III  

Director, Alumni Scholars Program

Email | Phone: 310-206-0622

SHOSHI BUGE, M.A. ’02  

Writer/Researcher

Email

Advancement Services | Employee & Organizational Engagement | Contributing Writer, Alumni Affairs

MARCIA CAMPBELL  

Director, Alumni Membership / Downtown Los Angeles Network Liaison, Regional Networks

Email | Phone: 310-983-1198

Christian Chavez ’13  

Coordinator, Strategic Operations

Email | Phone: 310-825-9231

Bonnie Chen  

Program Coordinator, Diversity Programs

Email | Phone: 310-825-6553

ANTHONY CUBE  

Director, Alumni Marketing and Communications

Email | Phone: 310-206-0410

Anthony Cube is Director of Alumni Marketing and Communications. He is the chief editor for the all-alumni e-newsletter Connect@UCLA, and responsible for student and young alumni marketing in addition to alumni career programs, sponsorships and volunteer opportunity communications.

Prior to joining UCLA, Cube worked for the Josephson Institute of Ethics as an educational programs manager. He was responsible for coordinating and marketing nationwide training seminars for a character education program called CHARACTER COUNTS!

Cube graduated from University of California, Irvine with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

ZACHE DAVIS ’15  

Digital Production Specialist, Alumni Marketing and Communications

Email | Phone: 310-206-0532

As the digital production specialist for UCLA Alumni Affairs, Zache Davis designs and produces all email publications, as well as maintaining and enhancing multiple UCLA Alumni websites. He originally joined alumni affairs as a student worker while studying at UCLA. After earning a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from UCLA, Davis joined alumni affairs as a fulltime employee.

Prior to joining alumni affairs, Davis had a multitude of professional experience in retail, website design and mixology.

DANICA DAWSON ’07  

Director, Career Initiatives

Email | Phone: 310-825-9119

Melissa DeGravelles ’10  

Project Coordinator, Alumni Travel

Email | Phone: 310-825-8318
Prior to joining the Alumni Travel team in 2018, Melissa DeGravelles worked at UCLA Extension providing visa counseling to the international students in full-time certificate and English as a second language programs. Melissa has traveled extensively, having been to approximately 50 countries, and, after graduation, she lived in the French countryside for a year teaching English in a public high school. She graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in international development and a minor in French.

Rex Delos Santos  

Associate Director, Alumni Finance & Business Development

Email | Phone: 310-825-0946

Erich Eilenberger  

Program Coordinator, Alumni Marketing and Communications

Email | Phone: 310-206-0305

As program coordinator, Erich works with alumni to tell their stories and promote Bruin traditions. He also serves a marketing manager supporting a variety of projects for the UCLA Alumni Association including Spirit Squad and a variety of student programs.

Erich has worked in marketing and communications with nonprofits including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Spondylitis Association of America and at the entertainment payroll firm Ease Entertainment Services. He began his career in the entertainment industry, where he worked on television shows including “Dexter” for Showtime and “My Generation” for ABC. He holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in film from Vassar College.

NATALEE ELLARS  

Executive Director, Alumni Affairs

Email | Phone: 310-206-2139

As Executive Director, Natalee Ellars has direct oversight of several Alumni Affairs units including Membership and UCLA Alumni Association board management. Primarily she is responsible for the implementation of strategic priorities. Prior to her role as Executive Director, Ellars was the Senior Director of Marketing and Membership overseeing alumni services, social media and communications areas.

Before joining UCLA in 2010, Ellars was vice president for business development and marketing for Young Communications Group, Inc., an advertising agency representing a full spectrum of nonprofit clients. Previously, she served as vice president of marketing for OneUnited Bank, and vice president and segment manager for Union Bank of California. In those positions, Ellars developed social media marketing and online strategies to reach a national audience, directed membership campaigns, envisioned short-term and long-term approaches to increase visibility in major markets, and customized messages, marketing materials and constituent communications to reflect organizational values and increase engagement.

Ellars is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College with a degree in history and organizational psychology.

Dan Faill  

Director, Regional Networks

Email | Phone: 310-825-5536

Dan serves as the director of regional networks for the UCLA Alumni Association, supporting Texas, New York, Seattle, Denver, Atlanta, Nashville, Las Vegas, the San Francisco bay area, and various southern California and Los Angeles-based networks, among others. For over 10 years, he worked in student affairs, working primarily with student organizations and fraternity/sorority life. Most recently, Dan served as the director of fraternity/sorority life at Elon University in his home state of North Carolina and, prior to that, was at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles for eight years working with their Greek community. Dan also volunteers his time with the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors and serves as a professional speaker and facilitator with CAMPUSPEAK.
Dan received his master of educational administration and leadership with a specialization in student affairs from the University of the Pacific, where he also worked for the Pacific Alumni Association with their reunions and regional and affinity alumni clubs. His bachelor of arts degree in communication studies is from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he was very involved as a student leader on campus, leading to his passion to working in higher education.

CIA FORD ’08  

Senior Director, Professional Schools & Affinity Programs

Email | Phone: 310-206-0684

As Senior Director of Professional School and Affinity Programs for Alumni Affairs, Cia Ford engages UCLA’s 11 professional schools, nine “legacy” groups (such as Affiliates of UCLA, Gold Shield Alumnae and Prytaneans), and student activity-based groups such as Alumni Band, Daily Bruin, Internships, Residential Life and USAC, among other campus-based entities. She has experience in identifying and developing new alumni groups, recruiting and cultivating volunteer leaders, board development and stewardship, volunteer group management, membership recruitment, cross-campus collaboration and networking, marketing, data management, team building, volunteer leadership development, conflict resolution, communication skills, creative problem solving, and continuing volunteer education.

Ford has worked in Alumni Affairs since 1990 as part of the UCLA Awards and reunions team, and with student alumni programs, campus partnerships, marketing and constituent programs. She began her UCLA career in 1985, working in the Office of Instructional Development Education film library. As part of a team under Andrea Rich, Ford facilitated UCLA’s pedagogical mission obtaining media on behalf of faculty for use in classroom settings.

In 2008, Ford received a UCLA Bachelor of Arts degree in French and francophone studies. She is a Legacy Member of the UCLA Alumni Association.

ESTELLALEIGH FRANENBERG  

Creative Director, Alumni Marketing and Communications

Email | Phone: 310-794-5189

Estellaleigh Franenberg joined UCLA Alumni Affairs in June 2000 as member services manager specializing in high-level customer service, campus and community relations, and volunteer recruitment. She credits those daily interactions with constituent audiences for invaluable insights into the rich diversity of experience and thought within UCLA. That combined with a strong background in creative and journalistic writing informed Franenberg’s work when in 2007 she became a Director of Marketing and Communications managing the marketing for affinity, diversity, professional and regional networks, signature programs, and campus partnerships.

Promoted to Creative Director in 2014, Franenberg now also supervises the marketing team and collaborates with University Communications and Advancement Services to deploy new business intelligence. She manages the development of integrated and innovative strategies to disseminate event, program and university news to alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents, and other partners and stakeholders to increase university engagement, participation and philanthropy.

Franenberg has participated in the UCLA Management Skills Assessment and UCLA Professional Development Programs, and True Blue Toastmasters, earned UCLA’s Management Development Certificate and achieved numerous merit-based recognitions. She is a proud Aztec having earned a bachelor’s degree in theater arts from San Diego State University. Franenberg is an equally proud Life Member of the UCLA Alumni Association.

Megan Friedlander ’12  

Assistant Director, Alumni Finance & Business Development

Email | Phone: 310-206-8968

Noah Green  

Assistant Director, Alumni Affairs School of Theater, Film & Television

Email | Phone: 310-794-0109

Kevin Halladay-Glynn  

Senior Graphic Designer

Email | Phone: 310-825-2308

Anna Hamilton  

Coordinator, Alumni Scholarships & Bruin Recruitment

Email | Phone: 310-206-6974

Paige Hopkins  

Coordinator, Regional Networks

Email | Phone: 310-206-4478

LEA HOWE  

Chief Financial Officer, UCLA Alumni Association

Email | Phone: 310-794-1134

Jeffrey Hwang ’17  

Program Coordinator, UCLA Volunteer Center

Email | Phone: 310-794-5188

GLORIA KO ’06, M.ED. ’07  

Director, Academic and Experiential Engagement

Email | Phone: 310-206-0523

Gloria Ko serves as the director of academic and experiential engagement at the UCLA Alumni Association. She oversees the Partnership UCLA team, which strives to bridge academic theory to professional practice for all UCLA students. She oversees the implementation of programs, such as Bruin Development Academies to the Sharpe Fellows programs, to connect students to alumni across campus. Working with academic departments and corporate partners, her team strives to bring engaging and practical learning opportunities for students through alumni insight and experience. For more information about Partnership UCLA, visit www.partnership.ucla.edu.

Prior this role, she served as director of young alumni and student engagement, where she led student advancement programs and the Student Alumni Association at UCLA. Gloria’s areas of expertise are partnership building, program strategy and development, and student development. She is involved with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, having served on the faculty of their Young Alumni & Student Engagement Institute and on the District VII Board of Directors. Gloria received a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and a master’s in education from UCLA.

MONICA LEE ’01  

Director, Regional Networks

Email | Phone: 310-206-6863

After graduating in 2001, Monica Lee returned to UCLA in 2015 as the Director of Regional Networks, supporting Boston, Washington D.C., Southeast Los Angeles, Long Beach Area, San Gabriel Valley, the Rose Bowl Bruins and other emerging networks. She cultivated her event management, marketing, communications and development skills in New York City, Chicago and San Diego, where she worked for Scripps Health Foundation as a campaign coordinator. Lee was also president of the UCLA Alumni San Diego Network, and has served on the boards of the UCLA Asian Pacific Alumni Network, UCLA Alumni Chicago Network and the UCLA Alumni New York Tri-State Network. She earned her bachelor’s degree from UCLA in psychology with a minor in classical civilization.

Jairo Leon M.Ed. ’17  

Assistant Director, Professional School & Affinity Programs

Email | Phone: 310-825-6338

Jairo Leon enjoys building community among alumni and connecting Bruins to UCLA. Primarily, he engages nine “legacy” groups, including Affiliates of UCLA, Gold Shield Alumnae and Prytaneans, and student activity-based groups, including Alumni Band, Daily Bruin, Internships, Residential Life and USAC. Prior to joining Alumni Affairs, Leon served as an assistant resident director at UCLA, where he fostered a safe and exciting community for students on the Hill.

Leon received his bachelor of arts degree in literature and writing from California State University San Marcos and his masters of education in higher education and organizational change from UCLA.

Shirley "Sally" Lew ’70  

Shirley “Sally” Lew is an organization management professional with more than 35 years of experience in nonprofit, for-profit, and primary and secondary school (public, private and institutional) settings. With nearly 25 years of experience in private and family philanthropy, Lew has designed, developed and implemented grantmaking programs, strategies and initiatives for various foundations on the local, regional and state levels. She has supervised teams responsible for grantee meetings and events and provided on-the-ground logistical support for a national foundation.

Currently, Lew serves as the Southern California Regional Network Weaver facilitating a cohort of Marguerite Casey Foundation grantees in support of its Equal Voice movement. She also provides programmatic support to The Annenberg Foundation for its Community Grantmaking portfolio. Formerly, she served as the Foundation Administrator at the Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation, providing direct support to the foundation president, its co-founders, board of trustees, and junior board of advisors with respect to foundation business and related projects.

Additionally, Lew provides consulting services – including strategic planning, board and staff development and training, executive coaching and mentoring, meeting and retreat facilitation, conference and event planning and logistics, proposal development and grant review, and prospect research as well as executive searches – to myriad nonprofits and foundations.

Lew has served in various capacities on the UCLA Alumni Association Board including the Diversity Advisory Committee co-chair, Governance Committee chair, and Nominations Committee member. Today, Lew is a director on the Board of Managers of the YMCA of Greater Long Beach, Community Development Branch. A native of Los Angeles, Lew has a B.A. in English from UCLA and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Laneisha Lockridge  

Program Coordinator, Parent & Family Programs

Email | Phone: 310-983-1291

KAREN M. MCCLAIN ’85  

Senior Director, Athletic Partnership and Strategic Initiatives

Email | Phone: 310-825-4853

Karen McClain came to Alumni Affairs with more than 27 years of previous experience in accounting and finance. Her strengths include the ability to apply accounting, finance and business information to analyze administrative and financial operations, and skill assessing organizational efficiency and effectiveness.

Previously, McClain was a credit union examiner for the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). Prior to joining NCUA, she held various positions in the credit union industry including controller, vice president of finance and chief executive officer.

A graduate of UCLA, McClain holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics. She also earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

Daniela Messarina  

Program Coordinator, Alumni Marketing and Communications


Email | Phone: 310-206-4376

Daniela serves as the program coordinator for the alumni marketing and communications department. She provides marketing support for various alumni groups and works closely with in-house clients as the marketing manager, assisting with various projects, writing copy and creating general design concepts.

Prior to joining UCLA, Daniela worked in television production for three years, starting as a production assistant and eventually being promoted to associate producer in content licensing. Her experience working in a high-pressure, driven newsroom environment prepared her to master creative content for audiences and work closely with some of the world’s largest celebrity content agencies, cultivating a customer friendly approach for future clients and vendors.

Her active community involvement with the Puente Program at El Camino College serving as a mentor for educationally underserved students and with UC Berkeley’s Cal Alumni Club of Long Beach chapter as communications officer led her to pursue her passion in higher education.

In 2014, she received a bachelor’s degree in media studies with a minor in Chicano/Latino studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

ADRIAN C. MEZA ‘04  

Director, Alumni Finance and Business Development

Email | Phone: 310-825-3371

DAVID P. MORGAN  

Director, Community Engagement, Diversity Programs

Email | Phone: 310-825-0945

PATRICIA CHÂU NGUYỄN  

Senior Director, Diversity Programs

Email | Phone: 310-825-9225

Patricia Châu Nguyễn serves as the Senior Director of Diversity Programs. For the past ten years, she has served in multiple roles in multicultural affairs, and diversity and inclusion work in higher education – ranging from intercultural living and learning communities, multicultural Greek life, summer bridge programs, multicultural centers, and social justice education. Most recently, Nguyễn served as the first assistant dean of students and founding director of the Asian and Asian American Center at Cornell University. She has presented at conferences such as the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education, NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and ACPA College Student Educator International. Nguyễn also consults nationally on issues related to interfaith conversations, ethics, meaning-making and intersectionality in practice. She serves as a founding member of Racial Aikido, an affinity-based identity retreat that equips students of color at predominantly white institutions.

Nguyễn received her Master of Education in higher education and student affairs administration from the University of Vermont, and her Bachelor of Science in cellular and developmental biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Nguyễn’s experiences working with college students has fueled a commitment and passion to push institutions of higher education to build capacity towards diversity. She hopes to engage all members of the university, including alumni, to build inclusive campus communities.

SANDY NGUYEN ’10  

Director, Career Connections

Email | Phone: 310-794-3437

Sandy Nguyen graduated from UCLA in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology.  Since September 2013, she has served as the Assistant Director for UCLA Young Alumni Engagement, focusing on providing support services, events, outreach and a customized experience for UCLA’s young alumni. Prior to joining the Young Alumni and Student Engagement team, Nguyen worked with the UCLA Parent and Family Programs team as a program coordinator.

SUZ PARK ’10  

Assistant Director, Alumni Travel

Email | Phone: 310-825-3148

As the Assistant Director of Alumni Travel, Suz Park processes and coordinates travel for more than 50 different tours around the world, provides administrative and financial support, and is in the process of developing a young alumni travel program. Previously, she was the travel coordinator with Alumni Travel. In that role Park coordinated bookings and confirmation packets for nearly 1,000 travelers annually. She also managed the Via Tour travel database, evaluations, host and faculty expenditures, and pre-departure meeting logistics. Park has served as a tour director on in-house cultural programs and is familiar with a majority of the tour offerings. Prior to her work with Alumni Travel, she was a teacher with Teach for America, serving in the South Central community of Los Angeles.

Park is a graduate of UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in education. As a student, she was a member of the Student Alumni Association for three years and served on the board of directors during her senior year.

Alyssa Penner  

Associate Director, Partnership UCLA / Alumni Career Programs

Alyssa Penner
Email | Phone: 310-825-8376

Alyssa Penner empowers students to activate their professional networks. In her role, she connects alumni, employers, students and faculty to build meaningful relationships that equip students with the tools necessary to be successful both personally and professionally upon graduation. Her portfolio includes the Women in Engineering Program, the Life Sciences Career Exploration Course, and a variety of programs that engage alumni. Prior to this role, Penner oversaw an academic advising office in the social sciences division at the University of Washington, and she has a background in both academic and student affairs.

Penner earned her bachelor of arts in sociology at Grinnell College and her master of social work at the University of Washington. Prior to working in higher education, Alyssa worked with youth in foster care in the Puget Sound Region.

GIL RAMIREZ ’06  

Supervisor, Alumni Services

Email | Phone: 310-206-0643

Ashley Rehkemper ’12, M.Ed. ’14  

Director, Alumni Events

Email | Phone: 310-206-2793

As director of alumni events, Ashley Rehkemper manages and plans different UCLA Alumni Affairs events to engage diverse groups of alumni in various capacities.

Prior to working at UCLA, Ashley was an educator with Los Angeles Unified School District for several years. She served as the grade level chair and on the instructional leadership team. Ashley has served on the UCLA Young Alumni Development Council as the South Bay regional representative, social chair of stewardship committee, and most recently as the council’s chair.

Ashley graduated from UCLA in 2012 with a bachelor of arts in sociology and a minor in applied developmental psychology. In 2014, she received her master of education from UCLA.

CHRISTINA RUIZ ’05  

Assistant Director, Career Connections

Email | Phone: 310-825-9661

Christina Ruiz is the Internship Specialist with Partnership UCLA and the Career Center. Her role is designed to enhance collaborative efforts between Partnership UCLA and the Career Center. Ruiz’s role involves working with the UCLA College/Sharpe Fellows Program, which helps connect students with top internship opportunities, and working directly with alumni as employers who are looking to recruit top UCLA talent. Her work advances the internship and experiential needs of all UCLA students and focuses on the top industries of interest to students and Alumni.

Before joining the Alumni Affairs team, Ruiz spent ten years serving in progressive roles within the UCLA Career Center, coordinating recruitment events, leading training for their customer service team, and managing a major revenue program through UCLA’s Letter of Reference and Credentials service.

Ruiz holds a B.A. in psychology from UCLA.

Katie Russo  

Associate Director, Partnership UCLA / Alumni Career Programs

Email | Phone: 310-825-4425

Katie Russo is passionate about helping current students leverage the Bruin network for life after UCLA. In her role, she collaborates with alumni, faculty, staff, employers and community partners to engage them in professional development programs for students to network and prepare for the global workplace. Katie supports collaborative instruction efforts, manages corporate partnerships and coordinates professional development opportunities with various academic departments, like economics and communication. Her professional experience includes working in higher education career services, as a career coach at Colorado State University and as a graduate assistant at the University of San Diego.

Russo holds a bachelor of arts degree in liberal studies from Sonoma State University and a master’s in higher education leadership from the University of San Diego.

KELLY ANN RYAN  

Executive Assistant

Email | Phone: 310-206-8962

Kelly Ann Ryan is executive assistant to the associate vice chancellor of Alumni Affairs. Previously, she was the executive assistant at the Oregon Health and Science University and The Center for Medically Fragile Children at Providence Hospital in Portland, Oregon. She has 10 years of experience as an executive assistant in the medical, legal, insurance and banking fields. In addition, she worked more than 20 years in the hospitality industry and has managed locations on vari­ous film productions.

Ryan has volunteered for organizations such as American Red Cross, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Epileptic Society, Salvation Army, St. John’s Senior Resident Home, F.A.I.T.H. and the Audubon Society.

Ryan is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a bachelor of arts degree in film production and a minor in psychology.

Ryan is a native of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.

ANGELA SCALES ’03  

Senior Director, Bruin Connections

Email | Phone: 310-206-2426

Angela Scales is the Senior Director of Bruin Connections. She leads a team of professionals, students (with the Student Alumni Association) and alumni in the planning and execution of large-scale campus traditions, such as Dinners for 12 Strangers, Spring Sing, and the Beat ’SC Bonfire and Rally. Scales manages smaller monthly events designed specifically for the young alumni audience. As a member of the senior staff, she also participates in strategic planning and leadership development across the organization.

Scales came to Alumni Affairs in 2005 and previously worked with both the Student Relations and Alumni Scholarships teams. Before joining the staff at UCLA, she worked for Laufer Green Isaac, a strategic marketing and communications firm.

A graduate of UCLA, Scales holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies.

IRENE SHIPKOVA  

Project Manager to the Associate Vice Chancellor

Email | Phone: 310-794-4462

Danielle Sork ’17  

Program Coordinator, Regional Networks

Email | Phone: 310-206-0556

CYNTHIA SPENSIERI  

Associate Director, Alumni Finance and Business Development

Email | Phone: 310-825-0946

JACOB SPROUL  

Director, Alumni Scholarships

Email | Phone: 310-983-1292

As a member of the Alumni Scholarships team, Jacob Sproul works to ensure students have opportunities to connect with alumni and further their educational goals at UCLA. He has been with UCLA Alumni Affairs since January 2015.

Sproul has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Central Michigan University and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration & Leadership from University of the Pacific

Stephanie Roberts  

Program Coordinator, Affinity Programs and Project SPELL

Email | Phone: 310-206-3798

As program coordinator, Stephanie provides programmatic support to UCLA’s 11 professional schools, nine “legacy” groups and several student activity based groups. Stephanie came to Alumni Affairs with more than 28 years of university experience providing executive and budget support to several departments on campus. Most recently, she spent 17 years in Government & Community Relations, providing administrative, budget and programmatic support to the assistant vice chancellor.

Stephanie earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from California State University, Long Beach.

David Sun  

Assistant Director, Diversity Programs

Email | Phone: 310-206-0483

David Sun is currently the Assistant Director of Diversity Programs. Sun’s research and experience in higher education has included many capacities focused on diversity and inclusion, particularly in areas of equity and access for underrepresented students in higher education. Prior to this role, he oversaw a living learning community focused on multiculturalism that examined both identity development and the phenomenon of intersectionality at Cornell University.

Sun received his Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from New York University and his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Human Resources Management from Rutgers University.”

TERESA VALENZUELA ’94  

Associate Director, Social Media

Email | Phone: 310-267-1917

Teresa Valenzuela is associate director of the UCLA Alumni Association’s social media with more than 23 years of professional experience in student affairs, student services, alumni outreach and communications.
As part of the team, Teresa interacts with alumni, students, parents and friends of UCLA on alumni social media channels through posts, outreach and engagement campaigns.
Teresa’s areas of expertise include outreach and engagement, volunteer management, event coordination, communications, and social and digital media management.
She is a member of the Prytanean Alumnae Association and Gold Shield Alumnae. She is former president of the Latino Staff and Faculty Association and an active volunteer with UCLA Staff Assembly.
Teresa earned her bachelor of arts degree in English literature and Spanish literature at UCLA, a master of arts degree in human development at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena and received a certificate in print journalism from UCLA Extension

MOLLIE Q. VEHLING ’99  

Director, Bruin Traditions

Email | Phone: 310-206-0565

Katie Ward  

Director of Strategic Engagement and Outreach, Partnership UCLA/Alumni Career Initiatives

Email | Phone: 310-905-7816

KRISTINE WERLINICH  

Senior Director, Regional Networks, Bruin Recruitment and Alumni Scholars Program

Email | Phone: 310-825-4676

Kristine Werlinich, Senior Director of Regional Networks, Bruin Recruitment and Alumni Scholars Program, is responsible for the day-to-day oversight and management of UCLA Alumni’s regional programs. Leading the outreach to alumni around the world, she and her team work closely with the regional networks, clubs and chapters to engage alumni in regions from Los Angeles, to New York and Beijing, and everywhere in between.

The regional team works in partnership with the various networks to create activities in their regions that include networking events, panel discussions, game watching parties and hikes, just to name a few. The team is always looking for alumni to help start new networks and groups around the world. Please contact Werlinich if you are interested in getting involved.

Prior to joining UCLA Alumni Affairs in October 2013, Werlinich was the director of alumni relations at the UCLA School of Law for 13 years. While at the law school, she built a robust alumni engagement model by developing a celebrated reunion program, working with career services on a mentor program, and creating regional groups and partnerships between the law school and the campus community.

Werlinich is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in journalism and Carnegie Mellon University with a master’s in public management. She is a past president of Carnegie Mellon’s Los Angeles alumni chapter and a former member of Carnegie Mellon’s alumni board of directors.

Stephanie Youngblood  

Program Director, Project SPELL

Email | Phone: 310-825-4530